Trader Joe’s Greek Spanakopita Authentic Spinach and Cheese Pie Review

Trader Joe's Greek Spanakopita Authentic Spinach and Cheese Pie

Our first ventures into the world of spanakopita were pretty positive. While Trader Joe’s original version of this Greek dish may not have been authentic, it was a tasty pastry offering that was loaded with fresh spinach and gooey cheese. Having tried and loved the basic version of Trader Joe’s Spanakopita, we had high hopes for the Trader Joe’s Greek Spanakopita Authentic Spinach and Cheese Pie. However, after trying a few bites, we’re ready to say that this “authentic” spanakopita might not be the dish for us.

If you want to try this pie for yourself, you’re going to have to be patient. It has to be cooked in the oven, and the process takes around 35 minutes, according to the box. In reality, ours took more than 40. We had to check on our pie a few times before we were sure it was done, and it never reached that golden brown color advertised on the box. As you can see in the image below, our spanakopita remained a bit pale, even after the extra cook time.

Trader Joe's Greek Spanakopita Authentic Spinach and Cheese Pie

We were suspicious of this dish from the moment we glimpsed our first slice. We generally enjoy spinach, but this dish was absolutely packed with it. We knew that the dish contained some cheese, but it was hard to see anything but dark leafy greens.

However, our first bite was far worse than we could have imagined. This isn’t filed with fresh-tasting, perfectly cooked spinach. It’s watery spinach with a slightly slimy and unappealing texture. There’s no creaminess from the cheese, and it’s hard to appreciate the flaky crust. The spinach overwhelms everything else.

Trader Joe's Greek Spanakopita Authentic Spinach and Cheese Pie

The dish also tastes incredibly salty. Just one slice of pie contains 300 mg of sodium, and it’s easy to see where all that sodium comes from. According to the ingredients list, this contains a few other spices, like dill, pepper, and parsley, but we couldn’t taste any of them. It’s just a spinach and salt-filled mess. Our staffers don’t like to waste food, but we couldn’t choke down much of this pie. We split it between two staffers, who together ate less than half of it before tossing it out.

The Trader Joe’s Greek Spanakopita Authentic Spinach and Cheese Pie claims to be a more authentic version of this traditional Greek dish, but it’s just not our kind of pie. We appreciate spinach, cheese, and savory pies, but this just isn’t well-made. We’re not authorities when it comes to spanakopita by any means, but we’d recommend passing on this and picking up TJ’s other take on the dish instead.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this Trader Joe’s spanakopita, check out our package scans below.

Trader Joe's Greek Spanakopita Authentic Spinach and Cheese Pie
Trader Joe's Greek Spanakopita Authentic Spinach and Cheese Pie